Networking, facts and figures

Networking opportunities

The London Growth Hub

The London Growth Hub provides a one-stop-shop for London’s businesses to access a range of public and private sector support. The site, hosted by the London Enterprise Panel, includes an interactive workspace map, a business and finance support finder and video case studies from some of London’s most exciting new businesses. 

The London Growth Hub

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) west London branch

FSB is the UK's largest campaign group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. It offers a range of benefits and organises regular networking events across London. Call local branch chairman Hoss Youssefi on 07920 774 000. 

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) west London branch

Your Business Community (YBC)/Business Exchange

Frustrated with the way existing business groups, federations and chambers were performing, in 2014, seasoned and experienced entrepreneurs and business owners Ted Wigzell and Paul Kelly decided to bring business support into the 21st century. 

The creation of Your Business Community brings the best of what these other groups have to offer, but in a modern, contemporary format with a focus on protecting and supporting members whilst endeavoring to help them grow and flourish. 

Contact: 0333 358 3399

Your Business Community (YBC)/Business Exchange

West London Business

West London Business (WLB) is a business-led organisation supported by private sector and government funding dedicated to promoting its members’ interests and promoting the development of west London as a flourishing business and residential community. WLB represents more than 800 public and private sector members and partners ranging from worldwide brands to forward thinking business, education and voluntary-sector concerns. For more details call 020 8607 2500.

West London Business

Place West London

Place West London is the economic development summit for the area, bringing together a mix of public authorities, private-sector businesses and the regeneration community at a one-day networking conference and dinner.

For more details, email steve@placewestlondon.com

4Networking

4Networking is a joined-up organisation of more than 200 breakfast and evening networking groups. Online membership is free and you can network 24-7 with more than 50,000 members. 

4Networking

Askew Road Business Network

Askew Road Business Network helps businesses in the Askew Road in Shepherds Bush area thrive and make helpful connections. 

Askew Road Business Network

CITAS

CITAS is a non-profit organisation working with local authorities and private organizations to help vulnerable people in our communities.

For more details call 0845 521 0405 or 020 8600 3830. 

Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre

Do you work in a local business and are interested in mentoring another local businesses or volunteering locally? If so, information on offering work placements and work experience for residents who wish to volunteer and increase their skills or assist a community-based project is available. 

Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre

SOBUS

Sobus provides a wide range of services for local charities, community groups, social enterprises and start-up businesses, including training, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation and quality assurance support. Sobus also manages the Dawes Road Hub in Fulham, which offers long and short-term desk spaces, meeting and training rooms with internet access.

For more details call 020 7952 1230 or email info@sobus.org.uk

SOBUS

Facts and figures

The borough saw a 32% increase in the number of enterprises between 2011 and 2017. This is higher than the growth rate for England as a whole (+7%) and London (+28%)

Growth industries in Hammersmith & Fulham:

  • Knowledge-based industries
  • Tourism
  • Creative arts and entertainment
  • Computing
  • Life sciences.

Largest employers in 2017

The largest employers in the borough in 2017 include BBC with 7,182 employees, Omni Facilities Management (3,981), L'Oreal (3,568), Hammersmith Hospital (2,956), Charing Cross Hospital (2,791), Metropolitan Police Authority (2,527), Advanced Childcare Services Ltd (2,328) and Walt Disney Co Ltd (1,597 employees)

Industries with the largest growth between 2015 and 2017

The professional, scientific and technical sector had the largest growth in numbers between 2015 and 2017, an increase of 470 businesses. This was followed by business administration and support services, which increased by 380

  • Business administration and support services sector (+41%),
  • Health (+34%),
  • Construction (+22%)
  • Professional, scientific and technical sector (+16%).

Enterprises and employees by size of enterprise

While 13 per cent of all employees in the borough work in micro-enterprises with fewer than 10 employees, they make up almost 90 per cent of the total number of enterprises in the borough.

Of all of the employees in the borough, 58 per cent work in large enterprises with 250 or more employees. However, large enterprises represent less than one per cent of the total number of enterprises in the borough.

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